A retreat is an opportunity to enjoy simple and peaceful living, and to learn how to cultivate the energy of mindfulness.  Attending a retreat is a vital way to nourish our practice, deepen our awareness, and cultivate our compassion and kindness toward ourselves and others.

SnowFlower Annual Fall Retreat

What Zen? Suggestions from the Buddha, Thay and the Zen Tradition on Living Mindfully in Chaotic Times

October 12-14, 2018 at Bethel Horizons in Dodgeville, WI

Registration now open.

Dharma Teacher: Jack Lawlor

  • Noble silence is practiced for the majority of the retreat.
  • Delicious vegetarian meals for eating meditation by Rajan Pradhan
  • Lodging: 2 to 6 per room (couple requests may be fulfilled)
  • $190 per person onsite; $155 per person camping or staying offsite

Registration now open for all. Please know that regardless of the color of your skin, your gender identity, age or level of practice, we welcome you wholeheartedly to join us on retreat. It is our intention to provide a safe and welcoming retreat experience for all. Register early, as there is a maximum capacity!

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Retreats at Thich Nhat Hahn Monasteries

  • Plum Village (near Bordeaux, France)
    • Christmas and New Year Celebrations from Dec 21, 2018-Jan 4, 2019
    • Spring Retreat from Mar 15-Apr 5, 2019
    • Spring Retreat from Apr 26-May 24, 2019
    • Spring Retreat from Jun 15-22, 2019
    • Summer Retreat from July 6-Aug 3, 2019
  • Blue Cliff Monastery (Pine Bush, NY)
    • Holiday Retreat for families and individuals from Dec 28, 2018-January 1, 2019
  • Deer Park Monastery (Escondido, CA)
    • Holiday Retreat for families and individuals from Dec 30, 2018-January 4, 2019
    • Wake Up Retreat from Mar 27-31, 2019
    • Family Retreat from June 19-23
    • Family Retreat from June 27-July 1, 2019
    • Teen Camp from July 16-21, 2019
  • Magnolia Grove Meditation Practice Center (Batesville, MS)
    • Thanksgiving Retreat for families and individuals from Nov 21-23, 2018
    • Holiday Retreat for families and individuals from Dec 28, 2018-January 1, 2019

Retreats led by SnowFlower Teachers and other local Thich Nhat Hanh Sanghas

Clearing the Path to Happiness, a Thaypassana Retreat – Chicago, IL Led by David Haskin and Janice Cittasubha Sheppard

Thaypassana Retreat – Madison, WI Led by David Haskins, Janice Cittasubha Sheppard and Steven Spiro

  • January 18-20, 2019 at Holy Wisdom Monastery in Madison, WI

Day of Mindfulness with Lakeside Buddha Sangha – Evanston, IL 

Reflections from Past Retreats

  • SnowFlower’s Annual Retreat 2017: Reflections from Doug, Ed, Jon, Tod
  • SnowFlower’s Annual Retreat 2016: Reflections from Lisa and Zach